I work as a photographer, writer, tutor and researcher. 

I was raised in the Midlands, but worked in London as the deputy director of the human rights charity, the Monitoring Group, for many years. I continue to research and write on issues relating to race, communities, policing and Black and Asian history.   

My photography work is firmly located within the realms of portraiture and documentary, through a process of socially engaged art practice, I work in collaboration with my subjects. Much of my practice involves collaboration within working class communities, and I am keen to ensure that the process of making images is empowering for the people taking part in the projects.

Over the past few years I have undertaken projects with people from the Gypsy community in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, Portuguese farm workers in Lincolnshire, people with mental ill health, Asian football clubs, Northern Soul fans, victims of racial violence across England, and Punjabi bar owners in the Black Country.

I graduated with a MA Photography from De Montfort University, Leicester. I am an Associate member of the Royal Photography Society (RPS), and Primary in Nottingham. I am also one of the founders of ‘Off Centre Photo Festival’, Nottingham’s independent photography festival, and help run ‘Notts Photo Social’ a monthly forum for local photographers.


Studio 4
Primary Studios
33 Seely Road
Nottingham, NG7 1NU

Mobile +44(0) 7792 428 764
Email : office@jagdishpatel.com

I can provide a full CV on request, below is a summary of some selected recent work. 



AA2A Artist in Residence: De Montefort University (Oct 18- June 19)

GNG Football Club : 50 years of Asian football in Leicester (due September 2019)

Muslim Soldiers and the aftermath of war (1939-1980) by Himmah/HLF  (due Dec 2019)

Asian Activism in Nottingham by Nottingham Photographers Hub/ Primary (June 2018)

Many Rivers to Cross by University of Wolverhampton (September 2017)

Black Art Movement learning resource by Nottingham Contemporary (July 2017)

Post Brexit Racism by the Monitoring Group/Open Society Foundation (January 2017)

1976 : The road to anti racism by the Monitoring Group/HLF (January 2016)

Desi Pubs by Creative Black Country (February 2016)

Patrin – Gypsy Heritage in the East Midlands by HLF (September 2015)

No Tears for me my mother : Saluting black service personnel and their families in World War by Nottingham Black Archive (January 2012)



Southall 1979 : A living history in fifteen photographs (https://discoversociety.org/2019/04/03/southall-1979-a-living-history-in-15-photographs)

Post Brexit Racism, chapter in 'State of the Nation'  (due Oct 2019)

Desi Pubs - Creative Black Country 

Desi Pubs - Royal Photography Society Documentary Photography Journal March 2017

Coming of Age : 1976 and the road to anti racism edited by Jagdish Patel and Suresh Grover (see review here )  2017

Patrin – Gypsy Heritage in the East Midlands (available at Amazon) 2014

No Tears for me my mother : Saluting black service personnel and their families in World War II(Introduction) 2014

Images in : Coming of Age Celebrating 21 years of the Mela by Irna Qureshi (available at Amazon) 2007



Asian Activism in Nottingham : Primary June 2018

Many Rivers to Cross : Wolverhampton Art Gallery  April 2018

Art, Activism, Race and Social Justice timeline : part of ‘The Place is Here’ , Nottingham Contemporary 2017

Desi Pubs : part of Alchemy Festival, Southbank centre, London June 2016

Boundaries :  at the Society of Artists (Nottingham) July 2014

Textures of Archive :  at the LCB Depot (Leicester) March 2014

Human Creates : Human Destroys : at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham July 2013

Coming of Age : 7 August – 7 November 2010 at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery Bradford


Talks and Education

Southall Resists - interview with Magnum Photos see link

Tutor teaching photography to mental health users - Nottingham Photographers' Hub 2011-2018

Developing Photography Projects : Off Centre Photo Festival November 2018

Tackling racial violence 25 years since the death of Stephen Lawrence : House of Commons for the Monitoring Group Feb 2018

Re-Imagining Brexit Britain, Reflections on the past, present and future : Nottingham Contempoary Nov 2017

States of America: Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era. Exhibition walkthrough at Nottingham Contemporary July 2017

Asian Activism in Nottingham : Walk and talk at Primary, 33 Seely Road Nottingham, NG7 1NU see link June 2017

The Art of Protest : Goldsmiths University of London March 2017

Art, Activism, Race and Social Justice : Nottingham Contemporary Feb 2017

Racial Justice and Photography : Glasgow University: ESRC workshop on Austerity, Racism and Resistance April 2016

Get Up Stand Up is a collaboration between New Art Exchange and NCCL at Galleries of Justice Museum, exploring the idea of international civil rights.  Aug 2015